Preston Hollow residents Carmen Gross and Debra Hunter Johnson are co-chairing the Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Annual Awards Luncheon, which will feature U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe as the keynote speaker.
When she was elected to represent Maine’s Second Congressional District in 1978 at the age of 31, Snowe was the youngest Republican in Congress and its first Greek-American. After 16 years in the House, she moved to the Senate, where she was well-known for her work on budget-deficit reduction, fiscal issues, health care, women’s issues, and foreign affairs.
Snowe retired when her third Senate term ended in January 2013. She cited hyper-partisanship leading to a dysfunctional Congress as her reason for not seeking re-election. This year, she has authored a book, Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress.
Proceeds from Monday’s luncheon at the Hilton Anatole will directly support Planned Parenthood’s health-care and education services for women and families in North Texas.